After five months of campaigning and 11 presidential debates, many USU students are still trying to decide which Republican candidate will have the opportunity to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency in the 2012 elections. At this point the race has been characterized by a swiftly revolving list of front runners. There has been a consistent group of eight candidates, however, who have been featured most prominently by media and have been invited to participate in debates: Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former ambassador to China and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul from Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum from Pennsylvania. “The GOP seems to have so many candidates,” said Trent Hunsaker, a USU student working toward his master’s degree in technical writing. “I think it’s hard for anybody to truly care and support just one at this point. No one’s really standing out.” Hunsaker’s views are shared by some USU students who still seem to be forming opinions about Republican candidates as the first set of primary elections get closer.
• Resume: Tax attorney (1988-93), Minnesota state senator (2001-07), U.S. representative Minnesota 6th District (2007-present) • Real Clear Politics average (an average of several national polls): 4.8 percent “I’m all for a woman president, but I feel like she’s just not competent enough,” said Courtney Hahne, a junior majoring in communications. “Truth be told, the only exposure I’ve had to her is in the debates, but nothing she says seems new or original. I don’t think she’s very well rounded.” “She’s an intelligent woman with leadership potential, yet when she tries too hard to appeal to Tea Party voters, I think she comes off a little crazy,” said Issac Benion, a senior majoring in economics. “I think she’d have a problem appealing to enough American voters to get into the White House.”
• Resume: Oversaw Burger King stores in Philadelphia as the director of business analysis, Pillsbury Corporation (1978-86), CEO of Godfather’s Pizza (1987), Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1994-96), CEO of the National Restaurant Association (1996-99), Host of “The Herman Cain Show” on talk radio in Atlanta (until 2011) • Real Clear Politics average: 15.5 percent “I think he has a simple way to reform the tax code and raise revenue,” Benion said. “But personally I’m not interested in hearing about all the sexual harassment allegations that will come up next year instead of the issues, so I think that hurts him as a viable candidate.” “He’s got some interesting views,” said Adam Hess, a junior majoring in finance. “And I like how he seems more proactive and motivated than some of the other candidates. I don’t agree with everything he says, but I appreciate his business credentials.”
<a href=”http://www.usustatesman.com/students-chime-in-on-gop-candidates-1.2677820#.TtkOnlY2awc”>For more about the other GOP candidates, read the rest of this article on the Utah Statesman website.</a>